and Jet2holidays spreads its wings at Belfast International

– EIGHT brand new destinations, including six exclusive routes

– 39% increase in capacity from Summer 17 means 30 new jobs created

– Larger aircraft added to fleet at Belfast International

Award winning flights and holidays driving huge growth at Belfast International

26 April 2017: and Jet2holidays has announced its biggest ever summer flights and holidays programme for Summer 18 from Belfast International Airport, with EIGHT BRAND NEW destinations and a Boeing 737-800 aircraft added to the fleet to support a phenomenal 39% increase in capacity.

The leading leisure airline and package holiday specialist will fly to 22 destinations in Summer 18, after adding eight brand new routes from Belfast International Airport. This growth means the creation of approximately 30 new jobs, mostly in flight deck and cabin crew positions.

Six of the routes will be exclusive to and Jet2holidays, including:

  • Antalya – one service every week to Turkey’s turquoise coast
  • Madeira – one service every week to this famous island, known for its green and rugged landscape
  • Crete – one service every week to Greece’s largest island, famed for its varied terrain, which ranges from fine-sand beaches to the White Mountains
  • Costa de Almeria – with two services every week, Costa de Almeria offers Blue Flag beaches and white washed villages. Customers can take their pick from the family friendly resort of Roquetas de Mar or the historic village of Mojacar for authentic Spanish charm
  • Naples – one service every week to one of Italy’s oldest, most artistic and most delicious cities, known for its culinary delights and access to the stunning Amalfi Coast
  • Paphos – one service every week to Paphos, famed for its archaeological sites relating to Aphrodite, including ruins of palaces, tombs and mosaic-tiled villas


In addition to these exclusive routes, there are two other new destinations to Malta and Rhodes for Summer 18, with a weekly flight operating to each destination.

This growth has resulted in the addition of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft at Belfast International, enabling and Jet2holidays to increase capacity and reach destinations such as Cyprus, Crete and Turkey. The aircraft, which seats 189 customers, means more Northern Ireland holidaymakers can escape to the sun direct from the airport with, which was last week named Best Airline – UK and Best Low-Cost Airline – Europe in the inaugural TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for airlines, and Jet2holidays which offers great value ATOL protected package breaks through a £60 per person deposit.

In total there will be over 400,000 seats available (over 110,000 more seats than Summer 17) for Summer 18, with more than 75,000 seats across the eight new destinations, meaning Northern Ireland holidaymakers are spoilt for choice when it comes to where and when they would like to get away.

Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays said: “This will be our biggest ever summer programme from Belfast International, with 8 brand new destinations, 400,000 seats and more hotels than ever before with our award-winning airline and package holiday operator. We have made a huge investment in Belfast, creating new jobs and putting in an additional aircraft to allow holidaymakers to fly to more destinations than ever in Summer 18. Such sustained growth is only possible by looking after customers, which shows that our continued investment into offering real package holidays and family friendly flights is working.”

Graham Keddie, Belfast International Airport managing director said, “Coming on the back of hosting the Routes Europe event in Belfast we are thrilled that and Jet2holidays are increasing their range of destinations at Belfast International Airport.   This 39% increase in capacity not only brings the total number of routes served by to 22 but will also mean a jobs boost for the local economy with the addition of a fourth based aircraft. and Jet2holidays are clearly responding to customer demand for services to popular holiday destinations at affordable prices.” and Jet2holidays has also extended its flying programme to other key destinations including Faro, Ibiza and Fuerteventura so customers can really maximise the summer at the start and the end of the season. Flights to Fuerteventura alone will be increasing by 63% in Summer 18 and with the destination boasting over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year it is the perfect place to jet off to escape the gloomy Northern Ireland weather.

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Czech it Out – We’re Off to Rome and Prague!

Rome and Prague#1– Milestone week for and Jet2holidays as first new routes take to the skies

– Inaugural flights mark start of BIGGEST year yet in Northern Ireland

THIS week is a major milestone in Northern Ireland for and Jet2holidays with the very first flights jetting off from Belfast International Airport to Rome on Thursday 2nd April and Prague on Friday 3rd April.

The inaugural flights to these two stunning cities, the only direct services available from Northern Ireland, mark the start of the BIGGEST year to date for the leading leisure airline and package holiday specialist – 2015 sees the introduction of a THIRD dedicated aircraft and no fewer than FIVE new routes, with flights to Gran Canaria, Verona and Zante also due to commence over the coming weeks. and Jet2holidays now offer the BIGGEST CHOICE of international destinations direct from Belfast International, now giving Northern Ireland holidaymakers no fewer than 18 holiday hotspots to choose from.

The new Rome flights will depart twice weekly from 2nd April until 1st November 2015, with up to three weekly flights to Prague operating between 3rd April 2015 and 4th January 2016. flights start from £31 one way, including taxes with great value Jet2holidays city breaks available from £169 per person.

“This really is a momentous week in what is going to be a milestone year for us in Northern Ireland,” said Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays.

“As the UK’s third largest tour operator, we are already one of the biggest travel companies operating out of Northern Ireland and we continue to expand with our five new destinations this year, so it’s fantastic to see the first of these new routes take to the skies this week.

“Rome and Prague are fabulous and exciting cities which are not available through any other operator. I’m sure they’ll be very popular with local holidaymakers and it’s great to see that both of our inaugural flights are almost sold out.”

In total, more than a quarter of a million seats will be available for Northern Ireland passengers this year with more than 70 services per week operating to the 18 destinations. As a result of this continued expansion, 86 new jobs have been created this year, including flight and cabin crew, engineers and ground operations staff.

Steve added: “Demand is growing for both our flights and holidays year on year and, in addition to our new routes, we are also increasing our capacity to Malaga with the introduction of additional flights to this popular Spanish destination.

“These developments really demonstrate our ongoing commitment to providing our loyal local customers with unrivalled choice and flexibility when it comes to planning their next well-earned break. With our fantastic range of destinations, aligned with great flight times, generous baggage allowances, low deposits and award winning customer service, we are confident we have the right mix to cement our position as one of Northern Ireland’s leading leisure operators.”

Graham Keddie, Managing Director at Belfast International Airport, added: “This is a very significant week for and Jet2holidays and also for Belfast International Airport, with the launch of Rome and Prague as new destinations, representing up to five additional departures from the airport every week.

“It is wonderful to see how and Jet2holidays have expanded over the years. We are delighted to work in partnership with such a progressive company and we look forward to working closely together in the future to give Northern Ireland holidaymakers the best possible choice from Belfast International Airport.”

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